Authors: Dr Sandra McCune V.N., B.A.(Mod), Ph.D., Evangelos Diamantakos, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD cand, Barbara Cooper Hon Assoc RCVS Cert Ed Lic IPD DTM RVN
Many of us, at some time in our lives, will need to
stay at home or work from home for an extended period before our normal routine
resumes. It could be a period of illness or rehabilitation, changes in our care
needs or responsibilities or a time of unemployment. The national lockdown we
have returned to due to Covid19, and the subsequent increase in home working, have
been an extreme form of such a shift. For many pets and owners, it continues to
be a challenging time. Being restricted to home most of the time, having less
direct social time with those we care about and needing to adapt to changes in
our household make-up and dynamics can take us out of our comfort zone.
International Centre of Anthrozoology (ICofA) has developed a webpage for anyone working with animal assisted interventions. The webpage has an online community where people can talk, share and connect with others in the field. A place to gather everyone that is connected to human animal interactions, so that it is easier to share knowledge between countries, unite people internationally, by uniting everyone in the field of AAI. Contribute and help shape the development of AAI.
The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is proud to
announce the successful applicants to its 2020 round of research funding. This
is the first of three annual funding rounds planned for 2020, 2021 and 2022. The
aim is to support research which furthers current understanding of the
Pet bereavement is very often an overlooked area of grief – one that can be belittled and mocked leading to it becoming disenfranchised grief, resulting in the sufferer feeling isolated, alone and misunderstood. We acknowledge that not everyone feels as strongly about companion animals as we do, but most people understand and have experienced grief in one way or another.
James Daly MP recently presented a Ten Minute Rule Bill to the House of Commons named: PETS (MICROCHIPS). The Bill has two strands:
By Collette Case, 10 October 2020
Today is world mental health day. It’s an important day for me for a number of reasons that have shaped my life. I’d like to share some examples.
I grew up in a house with a father with mental health issues. That had a huge impact on my life and I ended up leaving home while still a teenager. I was homeless for some time.
The Society for Companion Animal Studies’ AGM will take place online on Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 7pm (UK time). All SCAS members are welcome to attend; a link to join the meeting has been sent out to members. If you have not received a copy of this email, or have any queries in the meantime, please contact us.
The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) and Fostering Compassion are delighted to announce a new downloadable publication: Creating Compassionate Classrooms, Children and pet loss: Guidance for teachers.
The University of Arizona is currently hiring for two full-time research coordinators to help with HAI studies.
By Dee Bonett
I would like to dedicate this to Elizabeth Ormerod, her support and belief of everything I have achieved to date, alongside those who are also very much a part of this journey, has been invaluable. This has indeed been a rollercoaster of incredible “highs” and “lows”, whilst making change for those already at their most vulnerable, at the point of Homelessness with their Pets, to ensure this tragedy never happens again…..